The Weekly Round-Up

The Weekly Round-Up

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Welcome to The Briefing newsletter by Jason Clarke and Will Maddox. This week, we learn about a possible reduction of refugees admitted to the United States, data that shows that refugees improve the safety and economy of the communities where they resettle and Christian refugees stranded by the travel ban. The Briefing is a collaboration between Seek the Peace and We Welcome Refugees.

Further resettlement reduction

According to a former Trump administration official, the president advocated reducing the number of refugees admitted to the United States to 5,000, but the administration eventually settled on 45,000, less than half of the 110,000 goal set by President Obama. But now hawkish advisors are pushing to reduce the number again, with some sources saying the number could be as low as 15,000 in 2019.

Refugees improve safety

Analyzing the top 10 cities in the U.S. for refugee resettlement, New American Economy found that in nine out of 10 communities became safer in terms of violent and property crime. In Southfield, Michigan outside of Detroit, violent crime dropped by over 77 percent, and in Decatur, Georgia near Atlanta, violent crime dropped by over 62 percent.

Refugees boost economies

An analysis of data from over 30 years in 15 different countries in Western Europe shows that “the overall strength and sustainability of the country’s economy improves and unemployment rates drop” after a spike in refugee migration. Refugees and migrants increase demand, provide services, add jobs and pay taxes in their new home, bolstering the economy.

Christian refugees stranded

Speaking last month in Washington D.C., Vice President Pence said of the people of Iran, “Even as we stand strong against the threats and malign actions of your leaders in Tehran, know that we are with you. We pray for you,” but U.S. policy towards Iranian refugees has stranded 100 Iranian Christian refugees who thought they were headed to the U.S. The have been in Austria for over a year because of a Department of Homeland Security letter denying their resettlement.